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How to create your yearly forecast for 2013

200ad1I’m still working on the final touches on my Create Your Incredible Year Business Edition, and I’ve still got quite a bit to do on my Life Edition. There’s a part in the Life Edition where you choose twelve oracle cards for 2013, one for each month. There’s a place to make note of the card’s title or meaning, and to add a little description underneath.

I don’t tend to use oracle cards very often, though I purchased two decks of them back in 2011 when I took my spiritual coaching course. Sometimes I forget I even have them. But when I use them, I always receive the precise message I need to hear, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time…it always does later.

The cards I pulled for 2013 were amazing. 

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Create Your Incredible Year 2013

200ad1It’s that time of year when people start looking to the future and thinking about their New Years Resolutions, of which 88% typically end in failure. Why? Because people don’t usually plan their resolutions as goals. They don’t break their resolutions down into bite-sized chunks and set deadlines for achieving them.

Instead of resolutions, they need a plan.

I’m a huge fan of Leonie Dawson, and for the first time this year I purchased her Create Your Incredible Year planners. I absolutely loved them! They take you step by step through the process of taking stock of 2012 and looking at what you’ve achieved. Next, you move onto planning what you want to get out of 2013. There is a workbook and a calendar for both editions: Life and Business.

I’ve already got a date with friends to do my 2013 vision board on Sunday afternoon, and I know it will be that much more effective now that I’ve worked on my Create Your Incredible Year planners. So if you need a bit of help getting started planning the year of your dreams, I highly recommend these workbooks. They’re PDF documents that you can print at home or have professionally printed. I used FilePrint here in the UK.

Order yours today!

Update: One thing that I totally forgot to mention was that I’ve ALREADY SEEN RESULTS from my Incredible Year Business Planner! Things have already started to shift and change based on some of my visions that I set down in my planner. So I know it works!

Please note that this is an affiliate link. I am recommending these planners because I’ve found them to be so useful to me that I wanted to share with others. Enjoy!

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Where am I going? Way forward

Dorking 7You’ve set your SMART goals. Are you ready to plan your path to achieving them? It’s easy once you break each goal down into smaller chunks, or small steps that you can take. There are many different paths to a single goal, so remember that you have a number of options available to you.

I found this goal-setting process to be very useful when I first started training in coaching. Goal setting and planning how to achieve our goals are two of the most important ways to ensure that we’re happy with our lives, yet they’re something we never learn in school. Such a foundation skill, however so many people never learn how to do it. And then they wonder why they’re so unhappy in life.

Keep your mind open for this activity. I know that I often remind you of this, but this is especially important for this exercise. Don’t filter your ideas from the beginning: simply write down everything that comes to mind as you answer each question. If something seems challenging or scary, write it down anyway. Remember that sometimes the scary things are simply those that take us outside our comfort zone…which is a very good thing!

If you feel you get stuck on any one goal, you may find it useful to move onto another one to get the process flowing. Once you get used to the process, you’ll find it easier. Ready? Let’s get started: Continue Reading →

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Where am I going? Setting goals

I know you’ve had a lot to look at every day: vision board, affirmations, and your list of how you would live your life differently. What changes have you noticed in your life in the past few days or weeks? Be sure to make note of everything that has changed, as becoming aware of differences can help us pave the road for more changes.

Now it’s time to plan concrete actions to help you achieve the life of your dreams. Sound like a daunting task? It’s easy, when you break it down into steps. This is what we’ve spent weeks and months on: answering the Three Happiness Questions so that we can get clear on who we are, where we are in life, and start planning where we want to be headed for the future.

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Stop wandering through life and get a guidebook

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Many people go through life with no road signs, no road maps, no GPS. They travel life’s journey without a guidebook, and they don’t bother to hire a guide anywhere along the way. The thing is, if you don’t know where you’re going, where are you travelling to? And if you don’t have a destination in mind, are you really travelling, or are you just wandering around?

You’ve probably read this passage from Lewis Carroll before:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where —” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

How does it apply to your own life? Are you wandering passively through life with no destination in mind? Do you set clear goals for your life and take conscious action to achieve them? Have you asked yourself the three questions?

Setting goals and taking conscious action to work toward achieving them is the only way to get off Someday Isle and take control of your life. Since there’s no one guidebook on life, consider making your own personal guidebook for life.

Take a notebook or set up a folder on your computer to get going. Start with some of the exercises on this blog: whichever ones you think are most useful in your life. You may want to set up separate sections for each exercise, leaving space to review them at a later date. Some ideas:

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